Over winter, the extra time inside has led to a build-up of general clutter and “things” until I could stand it no longer and decided to sweep through the house getting rid of the excess. Out went the fiction books that will never be re-read, the clothes that won’t be worn again and things that I don’t like but have kept simply because somebody gave them to me. The office cupboard was emptied of (what seemed like) miles of electrical and computer cables all safely kept even though the original equipment has long since gone together with a box of floppy disks and old program disks that only work with Windows 3. Several trips to charity shops and recycling centres later and the house is beginning to look better and it’s easier to find things. So long as I haven’t got rid of them.
I haven’t done the kitchen yet because I’ll wait until I spring clean the cupboards and pantry (whichever year that turns out to be) but I’ve started to sort through the fabric, yarn and craft things. This is much more difficult. Will I use those odd balls of yarn? And all those scraps of fabric. Will they ever get made into a patchwork quilt or givewraps?
The pile of paper generated by my slight obsession last year with jelly printing has at least been put to use for making little books that I give instead of birthday cards. From a single sheet of paper, a little folding and cutting results in a booklet with pockets into which I can tuck things. Instead of stuffing a gift card or money into an envelope, I can slip it into one of the pockets and add a little momento or photograph.
The newspaper cutting from my grandmother’s recipe book inspired a tea themed booklet complete with a copy of the article tucked into a pocket. I’d never heard of Tray Tea or Trolley Tea.
With tea bags tucked into the other pockets, appropriate for Tray, Trolley or High Tea it makes an interesting addition to a food hamper.
An old map makes a Bon Voyage card.
You can make these booklets with or without pockets, or with pockets on half the pages.Put a hard cover on the outside and you can make a more durable booklet, perhaps sticking a folding map or note to the back cover.
If you’d like to know how to make one of these pocket booklets from a sheet of paper, click here for some instructions. You just need a sheet of paper, a sharp knife and a dab of glue.
I can think of all sorts of ways to use these little books: party invitations with a map and list of accommodation tucked into the pockets or make them for children to take on a walk so they can collect feathers and the like as they go. You could tuck a key into one of the pockets with mysterious instructions or maybe a ring …
What would you tuck into a pocket?